A Day Out to Warwick University (and a Beauty Haul…)

I was really excited yesterday to be going to Warwick University for their open day. I have frequently considered it as a place to study Psychology next year but I think it’s a firm choice now. Everybody I spoke to was so friendly and enthusiastic, it was a little infectious, really! (They also offered free food which helps to ease the nerves and my crumbling cream-horn turned out to be good at breaking the ice.)

I had to take a short train ride as part of my journey there. As far as I know, it was my first time on a train. I see the charm of dim train stations now – they have a modern mystery to them that I really like. It was also a chance to visit the new New Street Station and Grand Central shopping centre – it’s a lovely place to visit now (apparently the old station was not as pleasant), although most/all of the shops and eateries have a price range that’s just a little out of reach for someone with my budget.

The campus is a lot larger than I thought it would be. The School of Life Sciences, which my friends wanted to visit, is actually about a 10 (more like 15-20) minute walk from the main campus. Not nice when the weather is terrible and I’m in my cool high heeled boots but I’m sure it’s extra refreshing on nicer days!

Whilst waiting for DD in the morning, I browsed the shops. It’s been a while since I went shopping and I’ve run out of things since, like my moisturiser and cleansing milk… needless to say, I topped up.

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I picked up Garnier’s PureActive Moisturiser as apparently it does a great job at keeping the skin matte and I wanted to test that claim. It normally costs £6.99, but Superdrug are currently doing a Buy One Get One Free across all ‘Clear Skin’ products (as well as a 3for2 on cosmetics), so I picked up the Clearly Youthful Glycolic Peel as I’ve been wanting to try it. The thing about Superdrug is that you never buy things at full price (unless it’s a specific lip liner because those are HARD to find!) because they always have a great offer for the thing you need at one point or another. I bought Nivea’s Sensitive Cleansing Milk as well, to replace my sample bottle of  Lancome Galatee Confort. That was also on offer for £2.45 instead of £4.75 – bargain! Altogether these cost less than a tenner, making me a very happy bunny.

Over the course of the day, I bought three – three – new lip liners as well, bringing my new collection to a total of 7. They were all ‘natural, not quite nude-ish’ shades. I picked up a P.S. Love Lip Liner from Primark in Dark Pink for £1. They’re pretty good for that price, of course they’re drying but the pencil is soft and the colour as pigmented as you might expect. Now, let’s applaud, for I managed to find the very elusive Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Eastend Snob (£3.99) after visiting all the beauty shops in the city centre and held the last one left in Boots like a trophy. MaxFactor Colour Elixir Lip Liner in Mauve Moment (£4.99) is not as rare, but is rare to find without some damage to the pencil (very annoying) so I bought the two before you could blink. As soon as time and the weather allows, I will be doing separate posts on the things I bought!
Altogether, these lip liners cost just under £10. They would be cheaper if they weren’t always out of stock in shops, so it might be a time to utilise some online shopping services…

I definitely needed a day out to relax and reset myself, ready for more of this ‘working my butt off’ I’ve been doing recently – it feels more rewarding after such times.

Make sure you take a break, too!

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